GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan reported 2,716 more confirmed cases of coronavirus and 33 additional related deaths over the weekend.
The Monday update, which contains two days’ worth of data because numbers are not released on Sundays, brings the total number of cases in Michigan to 865,349 since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 and the total number of related deaths to 18,239.
On Saturday, labs tested 30,358 samples for the virus and 2,431 were positive, a rate of 8.01%. On Sunday, 24,067 samples were tested and 1,571, or 6.53%, were positive.
The number of positive tests is not the same as the number of new cases because people may be tested more than once. Additionally, testing numbers are from a single calendar date, while the number of new cases lists the increase since the last time the state compiled the data; these two time frames do not match up precisely.
The state has added 61 more schools to its list of outbreaks at K-12 schools, colleges and universities, bringing the total number it is tracking at such institutions to 331. Only one of the new outbreaks involved more than 10 cases and most were only two or three.
Kent County reported 233 more cases for a total of 65,914. The number of deaths remained unchanged since Saturday at 741.
Wayne County, hit hardest by the virus, counted 538 more cases, bringing its pandemic total to 147,852, and 12 more deaths for a total of 4,509. Neighboring Oakland County has had 99,058 cases (240 more than reported Saturday) and 2,124 deaths (one more). Macomb County has had 89,542 cases (217 more) and 2,199 deaths (one more).
Nearly 7.3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Michigan. About 54% of Michigan residents over the age of 16 has received at least one dose, including residents who received their doses through several federal agencies or other out-of-state providers.
Demand for first doses has dropped off as health officials say that most people eager to get the shot have already had the opportunity to do so. They are working now to reach people who are hesitant and those who are willing to get the shot but just don’t want to have to make an appointment.
To that end, more walk-in options are becoming available. The West Michigan Vaccine Clinic at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids has walk-in appointments available from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday. People can get the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine or their second dose of a Pfizer vaccine if they are at least 21 days out from their first dose.
You can also go to the Spectrum Health facility at 4700 60th St. SE in Grand Rapids between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday to get your first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
While numbers are still high, Michigan continues to see its virus metrics improve. The average test positivity rate has been declining since early April has now dropped to around 11%. Case rates have been dropping for more than four weeks. The hospital inpatient census has been going down for three weeks and is now lower than it has been since late March.
Daily deaths, a lagging metric, are no longer climbing and have been level for the last few weeks.